Last year, we were so obsessed with Apple deprecating OpenGL (spoiler: no real consequences have been seen one year later), we missed the real issue looming on the horizon: the removal of 32-bit support.

With the next version of macOS, Catalina, games not updated to 64-bit will no longer work at all. Catalina will be released this Fall, which means that by the end of the year, you will unable to play several games you own if you decide to upgrade.

Some developers, such as Aspyr and Feral Interactive, have been proactive about which of their back-catalog games won’t be updated to 64-bit. But there are potentially hundreds of 32-bit Mac games that will never be updated.

To help you navigate these uncertain times, we decided to track all the games we know won’t be updated:

GameDeveloperGenreStatus
Age of empires IIIEnsemble StudiosStrategy

Still not Updated

Age of MythologyEnsemble StudiosStrategy

Still not Updated

Assassin's Creed IIUbisoftAction

Still not Updated

Ballistic OverloadAquiris Game StudioFPS

Still not Updated

Battlestations: MidwayFeral InteractiveAction

Discontinued

Battlestations: PacificFeral InteractiveAction

Discontinued

BioShock 2Feral InteractiveFPS

Still not Updated

Bioshock InfiniteAspyrFPS

Discontinued

Borderlands: The Pre-SequelAspyrFPS

Discontinued

BrawlhallaBlue Mammoth GamesAction

Still not Updated

Call of DutyAspyrFPS

Discontinued

Call of Duty 2AspyrFPS

Discontinued

Call of Duty 4AspyrFPS

Discontinued

Call of Duty Black OpsAspyrFPS

Discontinued

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2AspyrFPS

Discontinued

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3AspyrFPS

Discontinued

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey MouseFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

Cave StoryStudio PixelAdventure

Still not Updated

Chaos RebornSnapshot GamesRPG

Still not Updated

Civilization IVAspyrStrategy

Discontinued

Civilization IV: ColonizationAspyrStrategy

Discontinued

Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveValveFPS

Still not Updated

Counter-Strike: SourceValveFPS

Still not Updated

CSR RacingBoss AlienRacing

Still not Updated

Diablo IIBlizzardRPG

Still not Updated

DiRT ShowdownCodemastersRacing

Still not Updated

DistanceRefract StudiosRacing

Still not Updated

Doom 3AspyrFPS

Discontinued

Duke Nukem ForeverAspyrFPS

Discontinued

FahrenheitAspyrAction

Discontinued

FlatOut 2Bugbear EntertainmentRacing

Still not Updated

Geometry Wars 3AspyrAction

Discontinued

Grand Theft Auto: San AndreasRockstarAction

Still not Updated

GRID 2Feral InteractiveRacing

Discontinued

Grim Fandango RemasteredDouble FineAdventure

Still not Updated

Guts and Glory HakJak ProductionsRacing

Still not Updated

Half-LifeValveFPS

Still not Updated

Half-Life 2ValveFPS

Still not Updated

HeathstoneBlizzardStrategy

Still not Updated

Heroes of Might and Magic VNivalStrategy

Still not Updated

Homeworld Remastered CollectionAspyrStrategy

Discontinued

Killing FloorTripwire InteractiveFPS

Still not Updated

Left 4 Dead
ValveFPS

Still not Updated

Left 4 Dead 2ValveFPS

Still not Updated

LEGO BatmanFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super HeroesFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond GothamFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7Feral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

LEGO Indiana Jones 2Feral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

LEGO Star Wars III: Clone WarsFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

Mini NinjasFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

Myth 2BungieStrategy

Still not Updated

Never AloneUpper One GamesAdventure

Still not Updated

PortalValveFPS

Still not Updated

Portal 2ValveFPS

Still not Updated

PreyAspyrFPS

Discontinued

Punch ClubLazy Bear GamesRPG

Still not Updated

Quake 4AspyrFPS

Discontinued

RAGEAspyrFPS

Discontinued

Rayman OriginsFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

RC Mini RacersDecaneRacing

Still not Updated

Secret of Monkey Island: Special EditionAspyrAdventure

Discontinued

SEGA Superstars TennisFeral InteractiveSports

Discontinued

Shadow Warrior Flying Wild HogFPS

Still not Updated

ShadowFight 2 NekkiFighting

Still not Updated

Sid Meier's Pirates!Feral InteractiveStrategy

Discontinued

Sims 2: Castaway StoriesAspyrSimulation

Discontinued

Sims 2: Life StoriesAspyrSimulation

Discontinued

Sims 2: Pet StoriesAspyrSimulation

Discontinued

Sonic & SEGA All-Stars RacingFeral InteractiveRacing

Discontinued

Star Wars: Empire at WarAspyrAdventure

Discontinued

Star Wars: Jedi AcademyAspyrAdventure

Discontinued

Star Wars: Jedi OutcastAspyrAdventure

Discontinued

Star Wars: The Force UnleashedAspyrAdventure

Discontinued

StarcraftBlizzardStrategy

Still not Updated

StellarisParadox Development StudioStrategy

Still not Updated

Team Fortress 2ValveFPS

Still not Updated

The Bard's TaleinXileRPG

Still not Updated

The Darkness IIDigital ExtremesFPS

Still not Updated

The LEGO Movie VideogameFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

Tomb Raider 2AspyrAction

Discontinued

Tomb Raider: AnniversaryFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

Tomb Raider: UnderworldFeral InteractiveAdventure

Discontinued

UndertaleToby FoxRPG

Still not Updated

Unreal Tournament 2004Epic GamesFPS

Still not Updated

Warcraft 3BlizzardStrategy

Still not Updated

XenonautsGoldhawk InteractiveStrategy

Still not Updated

PS: Are you aware of other games? Let us know! We want to ensure this list stays up to date.

To be fair with developers, we are also tracking the back-catalog games that have been updated to 64-bit (new games are all 64-bit):

GameDeveloperGenreStatus
Batman: Arkham CityFeral InteractiveShooter

Updated

Borderlands 2AspyrAction

Updated

EVE Online (beta)CCP GamesMMO

Updated

Guild Wars 2ArenaNetMMO

Updated

League of LegendsRiotMOBA

Updated

MaelstromAmbrosiaAction

Updated

The Sims 4MaxisSimulation

Updated

How do I check if an app is 32-bit or 64-bit?

As explained by Apple, finding out if a game supports 64-bit is easy:

  • From the Apple menu, choose About This Mac
  • Click the System Report button
  • Scroll down to Software in the sidebar
  • Select Applications

When selecting an individual application, you will see a field titled 64-bit (Intel). β€œYes” indicates 64-bit; β€œNo” indicates 32-bit:

Check 32 bit Mac games

Once you’re done, you can share a screenshot such as this one with us here and we’ll update the list accordingly!

This is only the beginning

Keep in mind we are only covering the games we are certain about.  There will likely be hundreds of indie developers who will not have the resources to update their older games. And the same goes for big publishers. Even if they have the budget, many will choose not to update their older games that don’t sell well anymore. Sad but that’s how things will play out…

32 bit support end

This is why we to help each other out. If you know about a game that we are certain it will not be updated to 64-bit, let us know!

What if you really need a 32-bit app?

If one of your favorite games is part of the list above and you want to keep playing it for many more years, you can always hold off and not upgrade your Mac to macOS Catalina. With time, Macs that are not on macOS Catalina will miss on important new features and updates but it’s still a solution in the middle term.

When is macOS Catalina arriving?

According to OSX Daily, Catalina is coming this fall, which means sometime after September 27, 2019:

MacOS Catalina release date

Are you worried some of your favorites games will no longer be supported? Let us know in the comments section.